They were just “trying to get into the Olympic spirit,” doncha know. Everyone knows how enthusiastic Islamic supremacists are for sporting events. More on this story. “Police quiz pair spotted ‘acting suspiciously’ in dinghy near canoe venue,” the London Evening Standard, June 29 (thanks to Mick):
Two men were continuing to be questioned today on suspicion of a plot to attack an Olympic site.
The men, aged 18 and 32, were seized yesterday at addresses in east London after a tip-off that they had been seen acting suspiciously near the canoeing venue.
They were said to have been seen in a dinghy on the river Lea on Monday night. Police are combing the banks of the river, close to the venue in Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire. Nothing has been found so far. A man who said he was a friend of the detainees, who are both Muslim converts, identified the 18-year-old as Jamal ud-Din, and said the older man was someone he knew only as “Zakariya”.
Mizanur Rahman, 29, said the arrests “might have had something to do with the fact they recently went canoeing” on the Lea, a branch of which runs through the Olympic Park in Stratford. He said the pair had also recently gone shooting with an air rifle in Essex.
Mr Rahman said he thought the activities were innocent and “it’s just people trying to get into the Olympic spirit”, but he believed authorities would try “painting it as jihad training”….